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Bey, Hakim (b. 1945)

Gavin Grindon


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Hakim Bey is the nom de plume of Peter Lamborn Wilson, influential anarchist cultural critic and author of TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone (1991) . His early writing concentrates on theology and poetry ( Nasr 1978 : ix), but on returning to the US he began to inflect his ideas with anarchism, Situationism , and Deleuzian philosophy. His most influential work, TAZ , argues for the creation of spaces of liberation from authority in everyday life, which are capable of disappearing from sanctions before they can be crushed by government and all powers. Hakim Bey is a central figure in post-left anarchy and his critical writing has been highly influential amongst rave youth culture and a range of anarchist countercultures – not least in the organization of Reclaim the Streets , a global organization dedicated to unsanctioned events that typified anti-globalization activism in the 1990s. However, he has also suffered heavy criticism. Hakim Bey's thought has been criticized and publicly attacked by other anarchists ( Bookchin 1995 ), and in 1996 the Luther Blissett collective published a hoax collection of his writing. He has also received criticism for writing approvingly of pederasty since 1985 in the NAMBLA Bulletin . Such attacks function as an index of Bey's massive influence amongst the counterculture of the 1990s. SEE ALSO: Anarchism ; Anarchism, France ; Anarchism ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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